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"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow man." ~St. Francis of Assisi
The purpose of Starling Talk is to give assistance to people who have found an injured or orphaned European Starling (Sturnus Vulgaris) or House Sparrow (Passer domesticus). My name is Jackie Collins, and I am a former Federal and State permitted wildlife rehabilitator. I created this website several years ago after it became apparent that many wildlife rehabilitators were refusing to accept European Starlings. I felt there was a need to provide basic information to people who found starlings and House Sparrows and were unable to find a wildlife facility that would take them. You will find the following sections on my website.
Is Raising A Starling Right For You?
Did you know that raising a European starling is NOT right for everyone? If you have found a baby starling and are considering raising it, please read this webpage first!
Starlings and House
Adult Starling Diet
Read details about a proper daily diet for adult pet European starlings. Scroll through helpful lists of good treat foods, foods to avoid, and recipes. Links to insect suppliers can be found on this page.
Pet Starlings - A section devoted to pet starling owners. Webpages filled with info about pet starling care, visually sexing a starling, cages, helpful tips from pet starling owners, a story about "Kuro", the oldest captive starling, and Mozart's Starling. You can also watch videos of starlings talking. Some neat starling items you can purchase can be found here
Health issues in European starlings. Go here to learn the signs of a sick bird and to see important information about choosing an avian vet. Detailed instructions about bone fracture repair can be found here as well as photos. Also, a page on the dangers of non-stick cookware.
A webpage containing links to pet starling webpages and other helpful bird-related websites.
The Starling Talk Message Board offers European starling owners an informative, friendly, relaxing atmosphere where they can gather together and chat about their birds or where they can ask questions and receive prompt expert advice. All types of starling questions are addressed there, some of them answered by Dr. Vanessa Rolfe, esteemed avian veterinarian. Click on the above link to find out about joining the Starling Talk Message Board, the place to be if you have a pet starling!
It is not my purpose to promote starlings as
pets, as I believe that they should be free. However
that is not always possible with a baby starling who has
been raised alone without other birds to interact with,
for it will imprint on its human caretaker. Since humans
are unable to teach it the things it would have learned
from its parent birds, its chances of being able to
survive in the wild will be greatly